A brief view of ‘Suicide Squad’

Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film, based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name. The third installment in the DC Extended Universe, the film is written and directed by David Ayer, and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne.

Suicide Squad premiered in New York City on August 1, 2016 and was theatrically released on August 5, 2016, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D. The film has grossed over $267 million, despite receiving generally negative reviews from critics, who praised its humor and the performances of the cast, but criticized it for its choppy plot and editing.

In Suicide Squad, a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat, in exchange for leaner sentences.

Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn was widely praised as a standout, with many critic’s eagers to see more of the character in future films. Paul Dini, the creator of Harley Quinn, said that Robbie “nailed” the character.

Following the defeat of the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) in a hellacious Midway City climax, Task Force X is enjoying the fleeting benefits of a job well done when the Squad’s puppet master Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) meets with billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), aka Batman. Amanda wants Bruce’s protection in keeping the reason for the annihilation of Midway City under wraps. In return, she gives him a series of classified files on super powered metahumans.

As Bruce is parting, Amanda marks a knowing crack about how he’s looking tired and should “stop working nights.” Bruce gives her a warning: “Shut it down,” he says, referring to her government-approved supervillain team. “Or my friends and I will shut it down for you.”

The sequence not only teases a potential Suicide Squad vs. Justice League faceoff, but it also vitrines the “ecology of power” between Amanda and Bruce. “There are a lot of dynamics and that’s what’s so fun. If you go back to comic books, all the characters interact and cross paths at some point. It’s like a wild cocktail party and that’s the feeling I wanted for this, that anybody could show up.” Says the writer.

“He’s this big, tall handsome guy and he feels like a senator or something. He’s such a presence,” the filmmaker says of Affleck. “When I was a child, I read Batman comics and connected with Bruce Wayne, so it was an honor to have Ben there playing that role.”

It also hit Davis, “I was bullied and Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman were always in my fantasies, as if I could conjure them up and somehow they could save the day,” says the actress.

“Sitting across the table from Bruce Wayne, I felt like a little girl,” Davis adds. “And my daughter wanted to meet him so bad. All she kept saying was ‘I want to meet Batman!’ And I said, ‘Well, it’s Ben Affleck, Genesis. Say Mr. Affleck. It’s not Batman.’ When she finally met him, she was more interested in his trailer than she was in him, I think: ‘He’s got a nice trailer!’”

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